Stock market hours

Stock market hours will reflect each exchange’s opening and closing times. Discover our trading hours for stock markets all over the world – including the LSE, NYSE and NASDAQ.

What are the stock market trading hours?

Stock market trading hours vary by exchange and geographical location. Often when people are talking about the stock market, they’re referring to US exchanges – such as the NYSE or NASDAQ – which are open from 14.30 to 21:00 UTC (22:30 to 05:00 SGT). 

While these are the ‘normal’ trading hours for shares, there is activity outside of this session. Most stock exchanges will offer pre- and post-market trading, Monday to Friday. These sessions don’t work in the same way as the regular hours, as buyers and sellers are paired directly together through electronic communication networks, rather than going through brokers or trading providers. 

Most share trading hours will run from Monday-Friday, five days a week. There are no regular trading hours for stocks on Saturdays or Sundays. So, if you see news about stocks being up or down over the weekend, it’s most likely stock futures – which begin trading at 23:00 Sunday night UTC, which is 07:00 SGT. 

Our stock market hours

Market hours may vary for individual stocks, but broadly our stock trading hours are:

Equites markets

Hours SGT

UK 16:00 to 00:30
US 22:30 to 05:00
Canadian 22:30 to 05:00
European  18:00 to 16:00
Hong Kong 09:30 to 18:00
(break 12:00 to 13:00)
Singapore   09:00 to 17:00
(break 12:00 to 13:00)

* Subject to daylight saving practices in the various jurisdictions.

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Stock market opening times

Look at the stock market opening and closing times for different regions all over the world:


Trading hours (local)

Trading hours (SGT)

United Kingdom 08:00 to 16:30 GMT 16:00 to 00:30
Europe 09:00 to 17:30 CET 18:00 to 16:30 
Asia  09:00 to 16:00 08:00 to 15:00
Australia and New Zealand  10:00 to 16:45 AEST 08:00 to 14:45 
South America   09.30 to 17:00 20:30 to 01:00 

UK stock market hours

The London Stock Exchange (LSE) opens at 08:00 UK time (16:00 SGT) and closes at 16:30 (00:30 SGT) – with a break from 12:00 to 12:02 (20:00 to 20:02). The London stock market hours are some of the longest in the world – with a total of 8 hours and 28 minutes of trading time.

Most other exchanges are only open for between 5 and 7 hours. These longer hours mean there is likely to be more volatility, as more news occurs within the time that the market is open, giving traders and investors time to adjust positions. 

The London Stock Exchange does close for lunch, but unlike markets in Asia and the Middle East which close for an hour, the LSE only closes between 12:00 and 12:02 GMT, or 20:00 and 20:02 SGT. The LSE is not open on weekends. 


Stock Exchange

Local time (GMT)


United Kingdom London Stock Exchange 08:00 to 16:30 16:00 to 00:30

US stock market hours

The NYSE and the NASDAQ are the two largest American exchanges, both of which are in New York City. Their regular stock trading hours are Monday to Friday 9:30 to 16:30 EST (22:30 to 05:00 SGT). Most US exchanges do not close for lunch, but there is typically less trading in the middle of the day. Most liquidity for the US session is found at the opening and closing bells.

The US session is shorter than the UK market hours – totalling just 6 hours and 30 minutes. A shorter window of trading leads to less volatility, as more news occurs while the market is shut, giving everyone time to digest the information before they make a trade.  


Stock Exchange

Local time (EST)


United States New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) 09:30 to 16:00 22:30 to 05:00
United States Nasdaq 09:30 to 16:00 22:30 to 05:00
Canada Toronto Stock Exchange  09:30 to 16:00 22:30 to 05:00
Mexico Mexican Stock Exchange  08:30 to 15:00 21:30 to 04:00

European stock market hours

The European stock market is open for the longest period of all regions as it’s home to a vast number of exchanges. The Euronext is the largest, which represents a number of markets such as Amsterdam, Paris, Lisbon and Brussels. 

The Euronext exchange doesn’t close for lunch and isn’t open on weekends. Just like the UK stock exchange hours, Euronext is open for much longer than normal hours – totalling 8 hours and 30 minutes of trading time. 

Although not part of the European Union, the London Stock Exchange and Moscow Exchange are European exchanges too, so you’ll see them grouped into the stock hours.  


Stock Exchange

Local time


Europe Euronext Amsterdam 09:00 to 17:40 16:00 to 00:40
Europe Euronext Paris 09:00 to 17:30 16:00 to 00:30
Europe Euronext Lisbon 09:00 to 17:30 16:00 to 00:30
Europe Euronext Brussels  09:00 to 17:30 16:00 to 00:30
United Kingdom London Stock Exchange 08:00 to 16:30 16:00 to 00:30
Germany Börse Frankfurt Stock Exchange  08:00 to 20:00 16:00 to 03:00
Russia Moscow Exchange   09:30 to 19:00 14:30 to 00:00
Spain Madrid Stock Exchange   09:30 to 17:30 16:00 to 00:30

Asian stock market hours

Asian stock market hours fall into the early shift of global market trading. In a lot of Asian countries, lunch breaks are common practice – so it’s important to know when trading will stop and restart. There is typically less liquidity anyway during the middle of the day, as most volume is found at the start and end of the day. 

In some other Asian countries, such as India and South Korea, lunch breaks were banned to encourage more market activity. 

Most Asian trading hours are only between 4 hours and 6.5 hours long. These shorter trading sessions see much less activity than other global sessions.  


Stock Exchange

Local time


Japan  Tokyo Stock Exchange   09:00 to 15:00
Lunch: 11:30 to 12:30 
08:00 to 14:00
Lunch 10:30 to 11:30
Hong Kong  Hong Kong Stock Exchange  09:30 to 16:00
Lunch: 12:00 to 13:00  
09:30 to 16:00
Lunch: 12:00 to 13:00 
Shanghai   Shanghai Stock Exchange 09:30 to 15:00
Lunch: 11:30 to 13:00  
09:30 to 15:00
Lunch 11:30 to 13:00 
India   National Stock Exchange of India 09:15 to 15:30  11:15 to 18:00 
South Korea  South Korea Stock Exchange 09:00 to 15:30  08:00 to 14:30 

Australian stock market hours

The Australian stock market is open from 08:00 to 14:00 Monday to Friday SGT. The Australian market is open for 6 hours per day, while the New Zealand market is open for 6 hours and 45 minutes – both are average opening hours.


Stock Exchange

Local time


Australia  Australian Securities Exchange (ASX)  10:00 to 16:00 (AEST)  08:00 to 14:00  
Lunch 10:30 to 11:30
New Zealand  New Zealand Stock Exchange   10:00 to 16:45 (NZST)  05:00 to 11:45

South American stock market hours

These hours differ slightly for some South American exchanges, as although they overlap with the larger North American markets, they start and finish at slightly different times. 

Unlike its North American counterparts, the Brazil Stock exchange is open for longer than most global markets – with a total of 7 hours 55 minutes. This means the exchange sees far more volatility than others as news is digested throughout the trading day.  


Stock Exchange

Local time (EST)


Brazil  Brasil Bolsa Balcão S.A. (B3) 10:00 to 17:00 21:00 to 04:00
Argentina   Buenos Aires Stock Exchange (BCBA)   11:00 to 17:00   22:00 to 04:00 
Chile   Santiago Stock Exchange (BVS)   09:30 to 16:00  20:30 to 03:00 

What impacts the volatility of shares?

The volatility of stock markets increases around major news events. Market-moving events can change from country to country, exchange to exchange, and stock to stock. This makes it important to understand all the factors that could move your share’s price before you take a position.

Examples of events to watch out for include:

  • Company earnings
  • Macroeconomic indicators
  • Political announcements and policy changes

Power hour stock market

Power hour is the time just before a market closes, and when a lot of share traders will look to buy and sell stocks. It tends to see a lot of volatility and liquidity as market participants adjust their positions before the market shuts. 

While power hour will depend on each stock exchange’s opening hours, the global power hour is considered to be between 03:00 and 04:00 SGT when the US stock market is winding down.

While power hour will depend on each individual stock exchange’s opening hours, the global power hour is generally considered to be between 7pm and 8pm (UTC) when the US stock market is winding down.

Learn more about end-of-day trading.